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Morgan too much for Eagles in 5A quarterfinal loss

When Eagle Point faced Churchill two weeks ago, the Eagles were able to limit Lancers point guard Samaje Morgan to one of his quietest nights of the 2021-22 season.

On Wednesday night, things were quite a bit different.

Morgan, the frontrunner for the Midwestern League player of the year award, exploded for 24 first-half points on his way to a double-double with a game-high 38 points and 10 assists to lead second-seeded Churchill to a 66-52 win over No. 7 Eagle Point in the Class 5A quarterfinals at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Eagle Point (18-8) will face another familiar MWL opponent, Crater (21-6), in the consolation semifinals this morning at 10:45 a.m.

The Eagles and Comets split their two meetings in the regular season, with Crater winning the most recent one 43-40 just a week and a half ago on March 1.

From the outset, it was evident that Morgan was in takeover mode.

The 5-foot-8 Morgan’s skills were on full display as he scored 17 of Churchill’s first 26 points and accounted for 24 of the Lancers’ 38 first-half points to lead his team to a 38-26 lead over the Eagles.

No matter if it was from behind the 3-point line, using his speed to drive or getting it done at the charity stripe, it was all Morgan all the time for Churchill.

With all of Morgan’s scoring, Eagle Point hung with Churchill — which beat the Eagles twice during the regular season — and took a 13-12 lead over the Lancers on Adan Quintero’s free throw line jumper.

But Morgan hit a 3-pointer all of four seconds later, and from then on the Lancers only built on their lead.

Churchill led by double digits for most of the second half, pushing its lead to as many as 18 points with five minutes to go.

Tommy Johnson and Alejandro Redondo paced Eagle Point with 11 points apiece, while Peyton Pierce and Triston McGuire both had nine points. Churchill limited Eagle Point leading scorer Brennen Neyt, who came into the state tournament averaging nearly 18 points a game, to just seven points and six shot attempts.

Cooper Case also finished in double figures for Churchill with 16 points, while Bugsy Jensen added 10.

Churchill shot an extremely efficient 58.5% from the field, while Eagle Point was just 18-for-42 (42.9%).

EAGLE POINT (18-8)

Tommy Johnson 5-9 1-4 11; Alejandro Redondo 2-8 6-11 11; Triston McGuire 3-5 1-2 9; Peyton Pierce 3-5 0-0 9; Brennen Neyt 3-6 0-0 7; Stephen Dutton 1-3 0-0 3; Adan Quintero 1-4 0-0 2; Colt Carlton 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Smith 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-42 8-17 52.

CHURCHILL (22-5)

Samaje Morgan 12-18 12-14 38; Cooper Case 8-10 0-0 16; Bugsy Jensen 4-5 0-0 10; Matthew Forsyth 0-2 2-2 2; Carsen Luna 0-1 0-0 0; Pete Pennington 0-0 0-0 0; Trevor Moore 0-0 0-0 0; Max Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0; Evan Thompson 0-2 0-0 0; Ty Weiskind 0-3 0-0 0; Gary Le 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-41 14-16 66.

Eagle Point 16 10 13 13— 52

Churchill 17 21 15 13— 66

3-point goals--Eagle Point 8-20 (Peyton Pierce 3-5; Triston McGuire 2-3; Stephen Dutton 1-3; Alejandro Redondo 1-3; Brennen Neyt 1-4; Alex Smith 0-2), Churchill 4-8 (Samaje Morgan 2-2; Bugsy Jensen 2-3; Matthew Forsyth 0-2; Ty Weiskind 0-1). Fouled out--Eagle Point-Brennen Neyt, Churchill-None. Rebounds--Eagle Point 25 (Tommy Johnson 8), Churchill 24 (Cooper Case 7). Assists--Eagle Point 12 (Brennen Neyt 3; Tommy Johnson 3), Churchill 15 (Samaje Morgan 10). Total fouls--Eagle Point 18, Churchill 17. Technical fouls--Eagle Point-None, Churchill-None.

Reach reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Alejandro Redondo, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored 11 points in the Eagles’ game against Churchill on Wednesday.